You were designed by God. When he designed you, he was not using a formula. He was flowing with the creativity of his divine nature. The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He didn’t overlook any detail. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He made a masterpiece when he made you. You are “a kind of first fruit” among his creations (James 1:18).
You are a designer’s original.
God was not concerned with worldly standards when he made you. He did not use a mold or cookie cutter. He did not copy you from a magazine cover. He was not concerned with lining you up for perfection. He chose to create and design you so you could fulfill your purpose in life. He put those cracks in you so your life could bring him glory (2 Corinthians 4:7).
Our Gifts Were Given According to God’s Plan
The Lord gave each of us gifts according to his plan for us (1 Corinthians 12:4–12). We are anointed to carry out different callings. When we find our purpose, we are to use our gifts to accomplish God’s plan for us instead of putting ourselves into someone else’s mold, trying to be someone we were not designed to be, desiring someone else’s gifts. Only then are we free to follow the Holy Spirit in fulfilling our calling.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
In this scripture, God says, “I know.” In other words, it is the Lord who knows the most marvelous plan for our lives. Even though God has designed us for his purpose and has plans to prosper us, I am afraid many of us do not know what those plans are because we have not allowed the Lord to define them for us.
The Israelites looked to Joshua to define their boundaries inside the Promised Land. Just as God defined the physical land boundaries for the Israelites, God defines the boundaries of our Promised Land: who we are, what gifts we have, and how we are to use those gifts. After Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, he defined each tribe’s allotment in the Land (Joshua 11:23). All Israelites were God’s chosen people, but they lived in different tribes, with different borders.
True success is defined as knowing God’s will and doing it.
The psalmist says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance” (Psalm 16:6).
We Must Pursue Jesus to Reveal God’s Plan
God gives us all different gifts and callings. The boundaries we have are perfect—anything more would be a burden. He has created us and knows what is best for us. Looking beyond your borders prevents you from cultivating your God-given gifts
The Holy Spirit will reveal God’s marvelous plan for our lives if we pursue Jesus.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:9–10).
Stop allowing the world to set your standards for excellence, and look to Jesus for your boundaries. Value and believe in the divine creation that you are. God does not make mistakes. You are perfectly designed to do what he has called you to do.
True freedom comes when we follow Jesus to be the woman God created us to be.
Jesus is the only one who can bring you into your Promised Land, and Jesus is the only one who can show you your place there. As Christians, we are all God’s children, but we have different allotments and different boundaries—gifts and callings—Jesus gives us through the Holy Spirit. So, take the pen and put it into the Author’s hands by allowing his words to frame your soul. ONWARD!
Nourish Scripture: Joshua 13–21
Blog written by Aliene Thompson. Aliene Thompson is the founder of Treasured Ministries and the Author of the Nourish Bible Study Series. © 2019 Treasured Ministries.